Skiing and Heli skiing are the most popular winter sports that tourists can enjoy in Himachal Pradesh. Read below to find information on where to ski, when to ski and all the nuances related to skiing and heli skiing in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh has been blessed with exotic attractions. Skiing of recent has become the signature sport of the state and tourism from all over book HP tours here during the winter season to enjoy this sport. The sport of Skiing was introduce to Himachal Pradesh by the British way back in the early 20th century. Today, this sport has become one of the major source of revenue for the Himachal tourism board. Skiing is all about great speed and good balance, so plan a visit to the various skiing resorts and enjoy a wonderful experience that you will cherish all your life. Skiing Destination - The Winter Sport CapitalsThe mighty mountains of Himachal are entirely covered with snow during winters, thus making it apt for skiing and various other winter sports. Kufri - This is the most revered site for skiing and tourists from all over the world to this ‘Capital of Winter Sports’. Located at a distance of 13 kms from Shimla, Kufri is situated as an altitude of 2,662 mts above sea level and can be visited by taking up Shimla tour packages. The best slopes to enjoy skiing in Kufri is the Mahasu Ridge and the deep cut slopes near Kufri, however, they should be undertaken by experienced skiers. The town has gained immense popularity for its skiing options and an annual festival too is held at Kufri to promote this sport. Best Time - December to MarchBest Location - Mahasu Ridge and Deep Cut Slopes Near Shimla. Manali - Next best place to enjoy skiing in Himachal Pradesh is the beautiful hill station of Manali. The Solang Valley (7,000 ft above sea level), located around 12 kms from Manali is also a good slope to enjoy this sport. During the months from January to March, wonderful ski delights can be savoured at Gulaba Slopes. The annual winter carnival held here during the middle of February is also a great attraction. This is the ideal place to ski for not only experts but also for beginners as the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports offers courses and facilities for skiing on holidays in Manali and adjoining areas. Best Time - December to MarchBest Location - Manali, Solang Valley (12 kms from Manali), Gulaba SlopesNarkanda - This is one of the oldest Ski resort in India and located at a distance of 63 kms from Shimla. Great soft and smooth slopes, coniferous trees and long ski tracks makes this place an ideal ski destination. Narkanda is at an altitude of 3,143 meters above sea level and while skiing tourists can enjoy the spectacular views of the Hatu Peak. There are various kinds of slopes in Narkanda, thus making it an ideal place for beginners and experts skiers alike. Regular ski courses, along with providing lodging facilities and equipment are organized by HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) in Narkanda every year. Visit Narkanda when on your tours to Shimla Kullu Manali.Best Time - December to MarchBest Location - Hatu Peak SlopeHeli Skiing in Himachal Pradesh - Reach the SkyHeli Skiing is a relatively new concept in India but certainly a popular one. Heli skiing is off-trail, downhill skiing that is accessed by a helicopter and not a ski lift. Though might be expensive, but the thrill and excitement that one can enjoy during this adventure is incomparable. Done on peaks that are higher that 14000 ft, where snow acquires the powder form and is very soft, note that a sortie of ten minutes can carry the skier to the top of a 14,000 foot high slope. Heli skiing can be enjoyed around the area bound by the Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass, which all are near the resort town on Manali. Best Time - December to AprilBest Location - Kullu Valley, Hanuman Tibba, Rohtand Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani PassHeli Skiing - Learning the Sport
The Himalayan Heli Skiing (http://www.himachal.com/) has taken over the permission for conducting Heli Skiing sport in Himachal Pradesh. They offer there packages of Heli skiing to the interested skiers. The charges usually range around 4 lacs rupees and includes all the gears and equipment. Please note that the above mentioned charge also includes the Himachal Heli Ski tax of Rs 13500, per person per week. Heli Skiing is a very challenging sport and require expert guidance. For more information on rates and various terms and conditions, go to http://www.himachal.com/content/trip_preis2011.html. Where to Learn Skiing and Gears for the Sport For all the novices, Manali is the place to be as the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in the city not only conducts various learning course but also provides all the gears and equipments that one requires before indulging in this sport. The courses are conducted in the month of January and also assist the skier with the various precautionary measures. One can also get a certified ski guide at a very nominal rate.
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